How weird can a food be, you ask? Balut is way up there in the ionosphere of weird, far past gonzo. Balut is fear itself. Though a snack much beloved in the Philippines particularly in Visayas, balut for me is a torture of an item, a bizarrely-conceived if not abjectly demonic dish. What is it? Balut is an eleven day old fertilized duck egg, containing the partially formed embryo of a duck, surrounded by egg. Imagine a tiny, half-formed head, a bit of a beak, formative guts and bones and the odd feather, all surrounded by egg and you’ve got balut. It’s not a pretty sight however, filipinos still patronizing it because of its mouth watering partner a spicy vinegar and salt.
So, to all tourists what are you waiting for? Don't miss the chance to taste this unusual yet yummy balut that filipino truly proud of!
Ranel d. Gatela
ABCom LNU Intern